Awards Program - Midwestern Chapter
The Midwestern Chapter of ISA annually recognizes individuals, groups, or organizations that have performed meritorious service in advancing the principles and practices of arboriculture and contributed significantly and unselfishly towards the progress of the Chapter. Award winners are recognized each year at the MW ISA annual conference. Awards are presented in six categories including:
AWARD OF MERIT: Recognizes outstanding meritorious service in advancing the principles, ideals, and practices of arboriculture. Granted only to members of the MW Chapter of ISA.
AUTHOR’S AWARD OF EXCELLENCE: Recognizes authors of outstanding publications, news stories, radio and television programs for sustained excellence in the dissemination of timely information pertaining to the field of arboriculture. The information provided must have impact on the Midwest chapter audience.
PRESIDENT’S AWARD: Recognizes an individual, group, company or agency that has provided a significant impact in the field of arboriculture during the previous two years. This award would be presented at the discretion of the current MW Chapter ISA President.
AWARD OF ACHIEVEMENT: Granted to members of the Midwest Chapter ISA only, this award recognizes sustained outstanding effort or contribution to the advancement of ISA within the Chapter.
HONORARY MEMBERSHIP: Recognizes individuals or groups who are not members of the Midwest Chapter who have provided outstanding or noteworthy service in promoting arboriculture within the Chapter. Recipients will have made material contributions to the advancement of arboriculture through research, field practice, promotion, invention or literature. They should have an ongoing interest and may include individuals, groups or organizations.
HONORARY LIFE MEMBERSHIP: Bestowed upon members of the Midwest Chapter that have contributed materially and substantially to the progress of arboriculture in the Midwest Chapter and have given unselfishly in their efforts to support and advance arboriculture.
In addition the Chapter presented the Arbor Day Gold Leaf Award. The Gold Leaf Award is designed to recognize an individual, organization, or community in the Midwestern Chapter area for outstanding Arbor Day programs or community landscape beautification projects. This is an opportunity for the Midwestern Chapter to recognize projects that have had an impact on a community or region with an international award. Projects should show an impact over several years.
If you know an individual or group that has performed meritorious service in advancing the principles and practices of arboriculture, produced an outstanding publication or media program, contributed significantly and unselfishly towards the progress of the Chapter, held a unique or noteworthy Arbor Day activity, or completed a significant community landscape project, this is a great opportunity to recognize your peers, associates, citizens or other individuals.
For more information on the MW Chapter Awards, please contact Brett O’Brien, Chapter Awards Liaison. Brett.firstname.lastname@example.org (573)874-7489
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MEET THE 2018 MW-ISA AWARD WINNERS
Gold Leaf Award- Outstanding Landscape Beautification Award:
Ruth Rebmann & Shelby Uffman
Retired School teachers, Ruth Rebmann & Shrlby Uffmann, saw a need for beautification and improved tree care in their hometown of Owensville MO. (pop.2600) they began their efforts in 2009 with a Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) TRIM grant which funded the planting of 60 trees in a Local Park. A second MDC grant in 2014 funded 48 more trees. In 2015 they began an ongoing project to grow trees from MDC seedlings and have since planted over 90 of these trees onto public land in Owensville.
MW Chapter Honorary Membership:
Chris Stratman , Keep Omaha Beautiful
Keep Omaha Beautiful is a non-profit organization whose mission is to foster environmental and community stewardship in Omaha Nebraska through education, service, and advocacy. In April of 2018 they began The Trees for Omaha Program, A partnership aimed at replanting the city’s tree canopy which is rapidly losing ash trees as a result of Emerald Ash Borer. The program, funded thanks to $400,000 of support from a private donor and a grant from the Nebraska Environmental Trust, is planting and providing post planting care for new trees throughout the city. The program places a strong emphasis on native species and tree diversity, with a goal to educate as well as replant Omaha’s tree canopy
Award of Achievement:
Skip has a long and storied history of service to community forestry and arboriculture. Notable among his contributions would his time spent as a member of ISA Board of Directors, member and Chairman of the Certification Board (now Credentialing Council) Member and Chairman of the ISA Test Committee Instructor, and Instructor Mentor for Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ). Skip also served for 4 years on the ad hoc committee that developed the TRAQ credential for ISA
Gina is an ISA certified arborist whom works as the Office Manager for the renown tree care business in Springfield MO, All About Trees. However many of you would know Gina from her other role as the MWISA communication Liaison. Chapter president Jim Bauer selected Gina for this award for the significant impact she made in this role for the chapter from 2015-2018. Gina managed and administered many of the registration and website duties during this time, handling both on-line and on-site registration for the chapter conferences and MWISA TCC during this time.
MW Chapter Award of Merit:
Andy is the Arboriculture Supervisor at the historic Tower Grove Park in Saint Louis. When he joined Tower Grove Park in 2016, one of his first big undertakings was overseeing a complete tree inventory update. In addition, he has also become a Board Certified Master Arborist and TRAQ certified. Andy developed and implemented a plant health care program to treat Tower Grove park’s collection of Elm and Ash, and lastly, applied for and achieved ArbNet’s Level II Arboretum Accreditation for the park.
MW Chapter Honorary Life Membership:
J. David Mattox
J. David Mattox served as on MWISA board, and as chapter President in 2008 but most notably he has served for many years as the Chapters liaison chair for the TCC. This is an especially challenging job to volunteer for; it takes skill, knowledge and leadership to organize a successful and safe Tree climbing Competition.